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By Akshay Kohli
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Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6(11), 6-3
Probably the most electrifying match that 2012 had to offer was the finals of the Shanghai Masters. Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in a match that lasted for almost 4 hours. And it was a ‘tweener’ that was heard around the tennis world, an instinctive shot that produced a spectacular result.
Djokovic took advantage of Murray’s momentary shock to break back, and then won a exhausting tie-break 13-11. Murray failed to convert five match points in the second set, but Djokovic had won each of them. Three were saved by forehand winners, and one by a strong serve. The fifth point was saved when Murray netted with an attempted forehand retrieval shot after being pushed wide and deep.
Djokovic stated, “We had so many rallies in three and a half hours; for a best-of-three set match it is a very long time. It could have easily gone the other way. But I have got used to it. Whenever I play Andy, I know it’s going to be a grueling fight with a lot of long rallies.”
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